Monday, September 16, 2013
Green Day: Back to work
By Rich Cimini
After a three-day respite, sort of a mini-bye week, the New York Jets return to Florham Park Monday to begin preparations for Sunday's home game against the Buffalo Bills.
It should be an interesting day (aren't they all?) because there are a few issues swirling around the Jets. With Mark Sanchez (shoulder) out at least eight weeks on short-term injured reserve, the team belongs to rookie Geno Smith. They're trying to keep the heat on Smith, refusing to commit to him beyond the Buffalo game. We know how Sanchez feels about the situation; he said he had locked up the quarterback competition before his injury and he expects to play when/if he returns.
Another important matter is Muhammad Wilkerson's right ankle, which he hurt late in last Thursday's game. On Saturday, he tweeted, "My day will consist of treatment, treatment, and more treatment but I'm feeling better tho (sic)." After the game, Rex Ryan mentioned the possibility of a high-ankle sprain. The Jets can't afford to lose Wilkerson, arguably their best defensive player. Remember, they're still down linebacker Quinton Coples (fractured ankle), although there's a slim chance he could return this week.
We'll see if there's any fallout from the end-of-game melee against the Patriots, resulting in the ejections of Willie Colon and D'Brickashaw Ferguson. They're subject to league discipline, fines and possible suspension, although CBS Sports reported Sunday that Colon (who made contact with an official) probably won't be suspended.